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By P. J. Taylor, Oct 28 2019 09:09PM

Several of you have asked how I am doing after my accident? For those of you who don’t know I slipped and fell over in July this year. Not only did I break my leg in two places (my fibula and tibia), but I also broke numerous bones in my ankle too. This resulted me having an operation the day after my accident to insert a metal rod into my leg. This stretches from my knee all the way down to my ankle. Things were made more complicated because of my brittle bones. I have been taking steroids for 26 years due to my long-term illness, Wegener’s Granulomatosis, which is why the breaks were so bad. This is mainly why I have not been doing much writing during the latter half of this year. I now have a large boot to wear for the next couple of months and I should be able to begin walking again, like a normal person, sometime in December.



By P. J. Taylor, Oct 18 2019 01:14PM

It’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog. However, I am very pleased to say, I finished the first draft of Neddy Huggins & the Dungeons of Doom back in April this year.


During the past few months I have been busy working hard on developing a decent backstory for the main protagonist. This has resulted in me having to re-write the first few chapters a number of times, and pulling what little hair I have left out of my head. I’m now at a point where I feel the opening chapters are beginning to do justice to the story of Neddy and his older cousin, Skyla.


I have also written a number of new chapters for the manuscript. Probably, the most significant, of which, is an encounter with a two-headed wolf where Neddy must retrieve a set of keys that it guards using only his tail. I’ve also re-written a number of chapters involving a failed wizard that Neddy encounters about a third of the way through the manuscript. Whilst I’m a lot happier with how it currently reads, I’m probably going to have to re-write it again as I’m still not completely satisfied with it.


Those of you who have read my first two books will, do doubt, have noticed how I always have a number of comedic characters within its pages. In the first two ‘Brian’ books there were Sam and Hadley, two bickering monsters, who I enjoyed creating and writing about immensely. In my new manuscript Sir Bernard Feltham the Third is the comedic character, a bat who has severe memory issues, who never stops talking and, who is rather good at martial arts.


As I am about to begin editing yet again, I like to think of this manuscript as a rollercoaster ride. There’s thrills and excitement on every page, with a cast of ecliptic characters ranging from goblins and giant spiders to zombies and flying lizards.


Back to the editing . . .



By P. J. Taylor, Jan 3 2019 03:24PM

It’s been quite a while since I posted a new blog/update. During the past six months I have been working hard on my new book and I am pleased to say there are only a few chapters left to complete. The book should be finished by February. Currently, I am putting the finishing touches to Chapter 19. There should be no more than 25 chapters in total.


Below is a very brief synopsis:


After an administration error, the goblin dungeons have run out of prisoners. Not only is this very embarrassing for all concerned, but it means that the monsters roaming the dungeons’ corridors have nobody to eat, and a labyrinth full of starving monsters is bound to cause trouble sooner or later.


Neddy Huggins, an anxious gnome, has never broken goblin law and in fact lives nowhere near goblin territory, but goblins are not always discerning about the people they arrest. He and two friends are kidnapped, separated and thrown into the goblin dungeons in order to serve as a tasty snack for the monsters in residence.


In the dungeons, Neddy meets two old hands at survival: a battle-scarred, one-eyed dwarf called Felicity and a talking bat called Sir Bernard Feltham the third, who can only retain memories for twenty-four hours. From them, Neddy learns three shocking things. Firstly, that his friend Charlie Springfoot may still be alive somewhere in the lower levels of the dungeons. Secondly, that the goblins have been secretly amassing an army and they plan to march to war against his homeland. Thirdly, that tunnel rat really does taste better than it looks.


When fate forces Neddy, Felicity and Sir Bernard to flee for their lives, they decide to ignore the fact that nobody has ever escaped from the goblin dungeons and, throwing caution to the wind, they hatch a daring plan to rescue Charlie Springfoot and break out of their prison.


This task, however, will not be easy. On their journey they will encounter strange friends and foes: skeletons, flying lizards, a giant spider and a famous wizard trapped within a suit of armour. Neddy, Felicity, and Sir Bernard must band together to achieve their goal, but even then their fate is not guaranteed. Not only will they need to overcome loss, heartbreak and queasy stomachs, but their newfound friendship will be tested to the limit.


Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year!



By P. J. Taylor, Jun 18 2018 02:34PM



I haven’t updated my blog in a few months. To be honest I took a break from writing. I have about three or four projects on the go at the moment. Everybody who writes must go through periods of uncertainty. Questioning whether what they’re actually writing is any good. And I am certainly no different.


This week, however, I booted up the laptop and (once again) edited the opening chapters to ‘Brian . . . 3’. And then I went through the first third of ‘There’s No Place Like Gnome’ and I edited and tweaked that too. I feel like it was worth it though. I took out a few things that I feel didn’t work too well and added a few extra bits and pieces and now, on the whole, I feel it reads a little better. For the moment I shall continue with the ‘Gnome . . .’ book and will aim to get it completed by the end of the year. A sequel is already partially written. Something that I wrote many years ago. I may do something with this depending on the feedback from the first Gnome story.


I was also pleased to see that I picked up another 5 star review for ‘Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages’. Whilst brief, it was still lovely to see that somebody had taken the time and effort to leave a message regarding my first book. The link to to the review is below:


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brian-His-Granddad-Cup-Ages/dp/1780034229/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528354863&sr=8-1&keywords=brian%2C+his+granddad


Later this month I am attending a seminar on children’s writing. It’s being held at a hotel in London’s Soho. Another children’s author, publisher and agent, are all discussing children’s writing and the publishing process in general and I thought that this would be quite interesting to attend.


Otherwise, I have no other updates. Hopefully, next week I will have edited another couple of chapters of my new book and can let you know how that’s going.


Until next time . . .




By P. J. Taylor, Feb 6 2018 12:29PM

So, I have received some very positive feedback to the ‘introduction’ and opening chapters to my new children’s book, There’s No Place Like Gnome. Hopefully, by the end of this week, I shall have edited Chapter Six. That will leave a further fourteen chapters to edit and then the process will begin again until I entirely happy that my new novel is as good as it can be. Detailed below is a further resume. This one covers the bearded Dwarf race.




DWARVES


Not usually more than four feet tall dwarves are much smaller than humans and look a great deal older too. Their noses are large, their eyes and ears are small and their faces rough and earthy looking. They live three times as long as humans and some dwarves have even been known to live long enough to celebrate their four hundredth birthday. Now, if you should ever be lucky enough to actually meet a dwarf be sure to remark upon their large, bushy beards. Dwarves take a lot of pride in their beards (the longer the beard the older the dwarf or so they say) which grow so long that quite often the dwarf has to tie his beard around his waist and use it as a belt. Dwarves are usually to be found deep within mountains as they love precious jewels and metals and like nothing more than spending their time constantly mining them from the rocks and then hiding them from potential thieves.


The ‘introduction’ and the opening chapters are currently with a couple of UK Agents. I doubt I’ll get any feedback or even a request for further chapters. However, if I should, the earliest I will probably hear anything will be in a couple of weeks time.


I do feel that the editing is going extremely well. I’ve tried to make the book quite scary for the younger readers whilst, at the same time, I’ve tried to make it quite funny for the more adult reader as well. Within the opening chapters our protagonist has already encountered some monsters and various goblins. Plus the tricky issue of health and safety within unlit tunnels and secret passages has been raised too.


Until next time . . .










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